Countdown for the Lufthansa A350-900

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The countdown to the delivery of the most modern long-haul aircraft and the newest addition to the Lufthansa fleet has now started. On 19 December 2016, Lufthansa will receive its first A350-900 and two days later, on 21 December, the Airbus will be transferred from Toulouse to Munich. It is expected to arrive sometime in the afternoon. Subsequently, the A350-900 will be making guest appearances at a number of different German airports: in the period before and after the Christmas holidays, Lufthansa pilots will be carrying out flight training exercises with a range of different takeoff and landing procedures. Details regarding the transfer flight and the flight training exercises will be released later on.

Exclusive A350 flight from Munich to Hamburg on 9 February

One day before the A350-900 takes up regular commercial service from Munich to Delhi on 10 February 2017, it will take off for a special flight. For the very first time, the A350-900 will depart with passengers on board on 9 February. On this flight from Munich to Hamburg and back, guests will have the unique opportunity to be one of the first passengers on board of the world’s most modern long-haul aircraft. Takeoff will be at 10.30 am and landing in the Hanseatic city is scheduled for 12.00 pm. The passengers will return to Munich at around 5.00 pm. The ticket price of €179 comprises a return flight with all taxes and fees and also includes a reception with breakfast and sparkling wine before the takeoff in Munich – as well as a gate event in Hamburg and much more. Another special feature of the Hamburg flight: if you book early, you have a good chance of traveling in Business Class or Premium Economy Class for the same price of €179. The flight can be booked on LH.com/A350 from 13 December onwards.

Lufthansa plans to base ten type A350-900 aircraft at their Munich hub. In total, 25 aircraft were ordered; it has yet to be decided where the remaining 15 aircraft are to be based. The world’s most modern long-haul aircraft is an investment in the future – it produces 25 percent fewer emissions than comparable types of aircraft and is also considerably quieter during takeoff.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Better than ever: Airbus’ AIRLINE1 returns for the A350-1000 flight test campaign

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With the A350-1000 jetliner’s flight test campaign now underway, Airbus is bringing back AIRLINE1 – the simulated airline experience focussing on aircraft maturity and operability, which was successfully introduced during the A350-900 version’s certification process.

AIRLINE1 comprises a dedicated staff that operates a hangar and maintenance control centre in coordination with Airbus’ flight-test team. This allows for daily maintenance, support and repair operations in an environment similar to what the jetliner will experience in commercial service.

For the A350-1000’s flight test campaign, however, AIRLINE 1 has an even sharper focus on visual inspections of the airframe and cabin, according to Philippe Garnier, Head of A350 XWB Maturity & Operability at Airbus.

“We’re reinforcing AIRLINE1 to improve the way we manage potential failures and increase our understanding not just of the aircraft, but of our customers’ world, too,” he said. “Ultimately this is about improving maintenance efficiency, developing effective health monitoring and delivering machines that have the highest-possible levels of maturity to our customers.”

These reinforcements include an operability “test card” that helps recreate an airline’s operating environment. It is boosted by the use of standard operating procedures for pre-flight and cockpit preparation, while referring to airline technical documentation for troubleshooting. Additionally, the health of the A350-1000 flight test fleet will be tracked using Airbus’ AirTHM real-time monitoring, and predictive monitoring will be tested as well.

As the longest-fuselage latest member of Airbus’ all-new A350 XWB widebody family, the A350-1000 offers greater seating capacity and perfectly matches market needs with a larger premium area to accommodate first class and business class travellers. The no. 1 A350-1000 performed its maiden flight from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France last month, and is one of three aircraft that will participate in the new jetliner’s flight test and certification campaign.

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Lufthansa A350-900 successfully takes off on maiden flight

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Courtesy: Airbus.

The latest Lufthansa fleet aircraft has completed its maiden flight to Munich around three weeks before delivery. The Lufthansa Airbus A350-900 took off on its first flight in Toulouse but without passengers. An international Airbus crew tested the on-board systems and the behavior of the aircraft during all flight stages.

The Lufthansa Group will receive the first of ten A350-900 on 19 December 2016 and will start its scheduled service between Munich and Delhi on 10 February 2017. The world’s most modern long-range aircraft is an investment into the future: It reduces emissions by 25 percent and is significantly quieter during take-off than comparable aircraft types.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

First Airbus A350-1000 successfully completes first flight

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Courtesy: Airbus.

The first of three A350-1000 development aircraft to fly – MSN059 – has landed at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport France at 15.00hrs local time after successfully completing its first flight which lasted four hours and 18 minutes.

The crew in the cockpit on board this flight comprised: Hugues van der Stichel, Experimental Test Pilot; Frank Chapman, Experimental Test Pilot and Gérard Maisonneuve, Test-Flight Engineer. Furthermore, monitoring all the test parameters at the Flight-Test-Instrumentation (FTI) station behind the cockpit were: Patrick du Ché, Head of Flight & Integration Tests; Emanuele Costanzo, Head of A350 Development Flight Tests; and Stéphane Vaux, Flight-Test Engineer.

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Courtesy: Airbus.

Powered by Rolls-Royce’s new Trent XWB-97 engines, the aircraft traversed south-western France, during which the crew explored the aircraft’s handling and flight envelope. The aircraft was accompanied by a chase plane to observe and film the various manoeuvres. Its progress was monitored by experts on the ground in real-time via a direct telemetry link.

Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier said: “We have seen today the world’s most modern and efficient passenger aircraft – the A350-1000 – in action for the very first time, adding soon to the successful A350 Family. My congratulations and thanks go to all the teams who have contributed to make today’s flight happen.” He added: “We are equally pleased that many customers have witnessed this important milestone today together with us – here from our headquarters in Toulouse.”

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Courtesy: Airbus.

Benefitting from the experience of the original A350-900 test campaign (accomplished in 2014), the A350-1000’s development programme will be shorter – under one year for the three aircraft. MSN059’s duties for performance testing will include exploration of the flight envelope, handling qualities, loads and braking. The second aircraft to fly, MSN071, will also be tasked with performance evaluation, which will encompass braking, powerplant, systems and autopilot. The third and final aircraft to fly – MSN065 – will be equipped with a cabin and will evaluate the cabin and air systems. MSN065 will also perform the “early long flights” and route-proving. The overall campaign will culminate in the type’s certification followed by its entry into airline service in the second half of 2017 with first operator Qatar Airways – the largest A350-1000 customer to date with 37 on order.

The A350-1000 is the latest member of the Airbus leading widebody family, together with the A330neo, offering unprecedented levels of operating efficiency, low noise and true long-range capability. As well as having a longer fuselage to accommodate 40 more passengers than the A350-900, the A350-1000 also features a modified wing trailing-edge, new six-wheel main landing gears and more powerful Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines. The A350-1000 embodies all of the fuel efficiency and ‘Airspace’ cabin comfort of the original A350-900 – but with extra size perfectly tailored for our customers on some of their busiest long-haul routes. To date 11 customers from five continents have placed orders for a total of 195 A350-1000s.

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Lufthansa: Welcome to the Airbus A350-900

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Courtesy: Deutsche Lufthansa.

On 19 December 2016, the Lufthansa Group will receive its first A350-900, which is the most modern long haul aircraft worldwide and which will be based at Lufthansa’s Munich Hub. The first regular commercial flight will be from Munich to Delhi on 10 February 2017. Tickets are available now. “We are looking forward to welcoming our first A350-900 shortly before Christmas. And already in February, our passengers will be able to enjoy a higher level of comfort on their flights to Delhi as we have now made further improvements to key components of the A350-900’s cabin interior. This includes, among other things, a newly designed self-service area in Business Class, new seats with ergonomically designed cushions in Economy Class, larger screens in all classes and improved broadband internet services”, says Thomas Winkelmann, CEO of the Munich Hub.

Once Lufthansa has taken ownership of the aircraft on 19 December, the A350-900 will be transferred to Munich during the week leading up to Christmas. Lufthansa Technik in Munich will then install the cabin interior including the new Premium Economy Class as well as other features so that the new flagship aircraft will be ready to be presented to the public at the beginning of February.

From February 2017 onwards, Lufthansa will station the first ten Airbus A350-900 aircrafts in Munich. The first flight destinations are Delhi and Boston. The aircraft will have space for 293 passengers – 48 in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in the regular Economy Class section. The A350-900 is the most modern and environmentally friendly long haul aircraft worldwide and uses 25 percent less kerosene and produces 25 percent fewer emissions. The A350-900’s noise “footprint” is up to 50 percent lower than that of comparable aircraft types.

Source: Deutsche Lufthansa.

Flying high in China: Airbus’ A350 XWB concludes a successful demonstration tour in the country

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Courtesy: Airbus.

Airbus’ all-new A350 XWB jetliner took centre stage in China this month – proving that the world’s most-modern and fuel-efficient widebody aircraft is ready to shape the future in a country which is expected to become the largest market for passenger air traffic over the next 20 years.

The aircraft manufacturer showcased its MSN002 test aircraft – which features a carbon-themed livery and full passenger cabin – to airlines, officials and media during an 11-day trip that included stopovers at Haikou, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, along with the China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition (Airshow China) in Zhuhai.

With 5 percent of the A350 XWB aircraft manufactured in China, contributions from the country’s aviation sector represent an important strategic industrial cooperation with Airbus. The A350 XWB also has received several key endorsements from Chinese customers, including firm A350-900 orders from China Eastern Airlines and Air China, as well as Sichuan Airlines’ Letter of Intent to lease four A350-900 jetliners.

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Manufacture of parts of Malaysia Airlines’ A350 XWB Begins in Malaysia

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Courtesy: Airbus.

Manufacture of parts for the first of six new Airbus A350-900s for Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB) has begun around the world – including here in Malaysia.

CTRM and Spirits Aerosystems, two of Airbus’ Malaysia-based industrial partners, have begun producing components for the aircraft at their plants in Melaka and Subang, respectively.

Airbus A350 XWB work undertaken at CTRM and Spirit Aerosystems currently includes the manufacture of components for wings and engine nacelles.

Powered by two Rolls Royce Trent XWB engines, MAB’s six new A350-900s will be acquired on lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALC) and will be delivered between the fourth quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2018. The airline will operate the aircraft on its premium routes with a luxurious three class layout.

The A350 XWB is the world’s latest generation airliner and the newest member of Airbus’ modern, comfortable & efficient widebody product family. It features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fiber fuselage and wings, plus new fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs.

To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 810 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 43 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever.

Source: Airbus.